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Drunk driver arrested after nearly striking volunteers, children setting up for wellness walk

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 15:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus police said a man was arrested after nearly hitting a group of volunteers, including children, setting up for the National African American Male Wellness Walk.

The incident happened just after 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of South 18th Street and East Livingston Avenue, according to police.

Police said 32-year-old Matthew Mileigh Brown was driving a Buick LeSabre when it ran through a road closure barricade and into volunteers setting up for the walk.

Once inside the road closure, the Buick struck a tree, an RV, two golf carts and two tables set up in the area. It then proceeded through a road closure to Parsons Avenue where it continued southbound.

The CPD helicopter was able to find Brown near the intersection of Parsons Avenue and East Markinson Avenue where two officers caught up to him near Marion Road.

One of the officers, Officer Connair, executed a PIT maneuver and took Brown into custody.

Police said Brown was arrested for OVI and other traffic charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Patrol: Man dies after defect causes semi-truck to crash in Fairfield County

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 13:29

BERNE TWP., Ohio -- One man is dead after a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Fairfield County.

The Lancaster Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that left 36-year-old Edward A. McClung dead. The crash happened just after 9 a.m.

OSHP said a 2001 Freightliner truck, driven by McClung, was traveling east on US-33 when it apparently suffered a vehicle defect which led to McClung losing control in the roadway. The truck traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median and overturned in the westbound lanes. McClung was ejected from the vehicle.

McClung was taken to Fairfield Medical Center and later transferred to Grant Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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List grows of people said to know of Ohio St. doctor's abuse

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 12:58

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Several former students and student-athletes at Ohio State University have described sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked at the university from 1978 until he retired in 1998. Interviews with Strauss' victims and lawsuits filed on their behalf have named several Ohio State officials alleged to have known about the abuse but done nothing about it. Among those:

OFFICIAL: John Daly, Ohio State head tennis coach, now retired

Allegation: Regularly joked about Strauss' alleged misconduct in front of players and training staff, telling players to work hard "or you will be sent to Dr. Strauss," according to a July 26 lawsuit in federal court in Columbus. Was told by one player he would never again get medical treatment from Strauss, and didn't take action on the complaint, according to the lawsuit.

Response: Has not responded to messages left about the allegations.

OFFICIAL: Andy Geiger, Ohio State athletic director, 1994-2005

Allegation: During the 1994-95 wrestling season, two wrestlers met with Geiger to complain about "voyeuristic and lewd conduct" of men in the locker rooms and saunas of Larkins Hall, where the wrestling team practiced. Those complaints also included inappropriate behavior by Strauss, according to a July 17 class-action lawsuit in federal court in Columbus. The wrestlers presented Geiger with drawings of changes to the wrestling and gymnastics locker room to enhance safety and student-athlete privacy, the lawsuit said. Geiger promised to look into the situation, but OSU did nothing to make the athletes safer, the complaint said.

Response: Geiger told the AP he doesn't remember any complaints about Strauss. He says he did speak with former wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson about the coach's complaint about voyeurism in the showers at Larkins Hall.

OFFICIAL: Ted Grace, former director of Ohio State Student Health Center, 1992-2008

Allegation: Ex-student Steve Snyder-Hill complained about Strauss after an invasive 1995 exam of his genitals and rectum and inappropriate questions about Snyder-Hill's sex life, according to an AP interview with Snyder-Hill and a July 26 federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Snyder-Hill and nine other men. Snyder-Hill said Grace told him by phone that Strauss denied his allegations and that the university had never received complaints about Strauss before, "although we have had several positive comments," according to a follow-up letter sent by Grace.

Response: Grace now leads student health services at Southern Illinois University. He has declined to comment through a spokeswoman there.

OFFICIAL: Jim Jordan, ex-assistant wrestling coach from 1987 to 1995 and now a Republican U.S. congressman running for House speaker

Allegation: Several ex-wrestlers say he knew about Strauss' abuse when he was an assistant coach at Ohio State, as well as the lewd behavior in Larkins Hall.

Response: Jordan has repeatedly denied knowing of any abuse and said he would have reported it if he'd heard of it. "Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than people coming up and talking about abuse," Jordan told Fox News on July 6.

OFFICIAL: Russ Hellickson, head Ohio State wrestling coach, 1986-2006

Allegation: Included in a list of Ohio State employees who were made aware of abuse by Strauss, meaning the university "had actual knowledge of the serial sexual assault, abuse, and molestation committed by Dr. Strauss" and thus were required to promptly investigate the allegations, according to the July 26 lawsuit.

Response: In a video statement and in two emailed statements, Hellickson has said he never ignored abuse of wrestlers. He says he confronted Strauss about his excessive showering and hands-on examinations, and has also said he had numerous conversations with an official in charge of campus recreation and other university administrators about Larkins Hall. But, Hellickson has said, nothing changed for years until the team moved to a new training facility near the end of his tenure. Hellickson's supporters include several wrestlers critical of the university for its response to the Strauss allegations.

OFFICIAL: Frank Zubovich, former head track coach, now retired

Allegation: Was told by students about Strauss' behavior, including one senior track and field athlete who told Zubovich that he would not see Dr. Strauss again; Zubovich is alleged to have done nothing, according to the July 26 federal lawsuit.

Response: Has not responded to messages seeking comment.

Allegations of knowing about Strauss and failing to act have also been raised against four now deceased officials: former athletic director Hugh Hindman; assistant athletic director Richard Delaney; associate sports information director Steve Snapp; and athletic trainer Billy Hill.

In addition, former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee and former vice president of human resources Linda Tom have said they don't remember receiving any complaints about Strauss when they were at the school in the 1990s.

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Air Force video shows airman's final moments on rescue mission

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:45

The U.S. Air Force has released aerial footage of Tech Sgt. John Chapman's final moments in 2002 as he fought against al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan. Chapman, 36, voluntarily returned to Takur Ghar mountain in an effort to save a stranded teammate on March 4, 2002. He will posthumously receive a Medal of Honor later this month for his actions.

Chapman's aircraft was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, ejecting his teammate Neil Roberts, the White House said in a news release last month. His squad would return for Roberts, but they didn't know he was already killed.

The newly released video shows Chapman running up a steep mountain slope and shows him charging an enemy-filled bunker and killing its occupants. He then moves from cover to attack a machine gun and is severely wounded but keeps on fighting. He engaged enemy positions and was killed in action.

Navy SEAL Britt Slabinski was leading the team of seven SEALs on the rescue mission, which became known as the "Battle of Roberts Ridge," one of the most controversial of the Afghan war. In May, he received a Medal of Honor for his efforts.

Slabinski said he was next to Chapman when he was shot and killed. "John went down right away and I could feel the bullets passing through my clothes," he said.

He ordered his team to pull back off the ridge, but first he checked on Chapman. "I go over to where John was and crawl right over the top of John and I'm looking for some sign of life from John. I didn't get any, any sign from him," he said.

Analysis of the surveillance footage indicated that Chapman may have been alive, raising the possibility that he was left behind. But Slabinski maintains that he saw no sign of life in Chapman.

Chapman's wife, Valerie Nessel, will join President Trump at the White House on August 22 for the ceremony.

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium celebrates World Elephant Day with pregnancy announcement

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 09:57

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is celebrating World Elephant Day with a special announcement.

Phoebe, the zoo's 31-year-old Asian elephant is pregnant with a calf and due in December. This calf will be the first elephant born at the zoo in 10 years.

World Elephant Day is Sunday, but the zoo has planned a number of events for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrations are taking place across the globe to help raise awareness for threatened and vulnerable elephant populations in their native ranges of both Africa and Asia.

Currently, the Columbus Zoo is home to six Asian elephants. The World Elephant Day organization estimates there are less than 40,000 Asian elephants and less than 400,000 African elephants remaining worldwide.

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Vice president headed to Ohio to promote Trump tax cuts

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 06:45

CINCINNATI — Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Ohio next week to promote the Trump administration's tax cuts.

The White House says Pence will be in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

America First Policies, an organization that promotes President Donald Trump's policies, says it's sponsoring the event at a downtown Cincinnati hotel.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Pence also will host a fundraiser for Republican Mike DeWine's campaign for governor.

Pence has been traveling the nation in recent weeks to promote the tax cuts.

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Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | August 11, 2018

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 06:29

Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here!

This blog is dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have an outdoor yard, many of you probably walk your dog, or dogs, on a daily basis, and maybe even multiple times a day.

The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry, little friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale."

You will notice on the images below there are certain colors that go with each time period/day of the week for the "Furr-cast." I developed this scale on my own, using several meteorological variables and some pet-friendly considerations.

You will see that the color "green" on the image above suggests that conditions are ideal for walking your pet and that there are no risks to either you or your pet, so walk all you want!

This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows conditions are fair outside but you should still keep an eye on your pet. This is where the breed of your pet also comes into play. I'm not an expert on dogs but I know a Siberian Husky can withstand colder temperatures than a Chihuahua.

This now is up to the owner to decide if the conditions are fair enough that they could take more casual, longer walks outside.

Lastly, we have the last ranking on the scale, which shows outside conditions are poor and pet owners should keep their walks short. Dangerous weather is developing or already present and pet owners should take action to make sure that their pets are properly taken care of. This shouldn't be used to decide whether or not you should go outside; but more so an indicator that you should take shorter, more frequent walks.

Now that we have a look at the method behind the comfort scale, let's take a look at this weekends "Furr-cast."

Scattered showers & storms will be possible through the early evening, with partly cloudy skies taking shape later today. While this morning was rather soggy & dreary, the skies will open up, allowing for a pleasant evening ahead. If you would want to save your long walks for later today, that would be ideal.

Not completely humid free this morning, but it's certainly more comfortable than the past couple mornings. Morning temps in the 60's will make things more tolerable for the start of the day and will be perfect for your long walks. Sunshine will keep on pace through the day, with some isolated pop-up showers & storms over the afternoon. More clearing later at night, so longer walks are also possible around sunset. Even though it's going to be rather "seasonable" out temperature wise, please keep your furry, little friends safety at the forefront.

Pop-up showers & storms, daytime temperatures in 80's and overnight lows in the 60's. That's the recipe for the upcoming week. While timing on this next week's rain isn't known 100%, you can expect the best chances for pop-ups in afternoon and early evening hours. Better chances for rain will come during the mid-week, with more unsettled weather for the latter half.

While it's common sense to not leave your pets or children unattended in vehicles, one may be surprised by how fast things can "heat up" inside a car even with the windows cracked. It's extremely important for your pet's health that you avoid leaving them in the car. In as soon as 10 minutes, a car can heat up by nearly 20 degrees. In cases such as this and how temperatures will pan out next week, it's best to leave the pets at home rather than putting their health at risk.

Another pet safety tip is to avoid paved or concrete roads or sidewalks when temperatures are warming up, especially later in the day when the sun has already been up for several hours under mostly sunny skies. These types of surfaces can heat up extremely fast and while the air temperature isn't too hot, the grounds can be much, much warmer. In cases such as this, it's important to keep their paws on grassy, cooler surfaces. An easy test to tell if the grounds are too hot for your pets is to simply place the back of your hand on the ground for seven seconds. If it is too hot for you, then it's likely it will be too hot for your pet's paws and that it could easily damage their skin.

The "Barking Message" for next week:
  • Keep your walks shorter when temperatures are above 80 degrees. Plain and simple.
  • Avoid walks during storms, these will be most likely and intense during the afternoon hours.
  • Never leave your pets unattended in your car, even for just a few minutes with the windows cracked.
  • Avoid blacktop or concrete surfaces when we have a lot of sun and warm days. You can easily damage their paws, so stick to the grassy surfaces.

Each Friday, I will be posting a new "Furr-cast" for the weekend and week ahead and I would like to feature some of your pets on my blog. Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on my blog, I'd love to hear input. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents.

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1 dead after single-vehicle crash in Pleasant Township

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 04:58

PLEASANT TOWNSHIP -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash that left one person dead in Pleasant Township.

Deputies say the crash happened Friday just after 1 a.m. on State Route 665 just east of Graessle Road.

The driver of a red 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling eastbound on State Route 665 and struck a guardrail and an electric pole, according to investigators. The driver and only occupant in the vehicle was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities are withholding the driver's identity until their family is notified.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

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Last-minute technical problem delays NASA's flight to sun

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 04:07

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A last-minute technical problem Saturday delayed NASA's unprecedented flight to the sun.

The early morning launch countdown was halted with just one minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV rocket on its pad with the Parker Solar Probe.

Rocket maker United Launch Alliance said it would try again Sunday, provided the helium-pressure issue can be resolved quickly. As soon as the red pressure alarm for the gaseous helium system went off, a launch controller ordered, "Hold, hold, hold."

Once on its way, the Parker probe will venture closer to our star than any other spacecraft. The $1.5 million mission is already a week late because of rocket issues. Saturday's launch attempt encountered a series of snags; in the end, controllers ran out of time.

Thousands of spectators gathered in the middle of the night to witness the launch, including the University of Chicago astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named. Eugene Parker predicted the existence of solar wind 60 years ago. He's now 91 and eager to see the solar probe soar. He plans to stick around at least another few days.

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2018-08-10 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 03:34
Date: Friday Aug 10, 2018
Time: 9:54 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 12°
Approach: 10° above WSW
Departure: 10° above SSW

2018-08-11 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 03:34
Date: Saturday Aug 11, 2018
Time: 9:02 PM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 22°
Approach: 20° above WSW
Departure: 10° above S

SeaTac stolen plane: Airline employee allegedly steals plane, takes off, then crashes

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:17

An airline employee who worked on the ground stole a plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SeaTac), took off unauthorized and then later crashed, SeaTac Airport said. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office confirmed a suicidal male, age 29, was on board, and it was not a terrorist incident.

An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.

— Sea-Tac Airport (@SeaTacAirport) August 11, 2018

The plane crashed on Ketorn Island outside Seattle. It's a small island with about two dozen residents.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff, preliminary information indicated a mechanic from unknown airlines stole the plane. The Pierce County Sheriff tweeted the person was "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island."

Stolen horizon airplane crashed into Ketron island. Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane. Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island

— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018

The plane belonged to Horizon Air, which is owned by Alaska Airlines. In a statement, Alaska Airlines said they are "aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400."

CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV reporter Gary Horcher tweeted that all planes at SeaTac were grounded. KIRO-TV reported there was a ground stop at SeaTac until 11 p.m. PT.

Major security incident at SeaTac Airport. All planes are grounded—captain telling passengers a Horizon airliner was taken without authorization, and military jets are scrambling to intercept it. We’re working to confirm information now pic.twitter.com/AQJVzCcxum

— Gary Horcher (@GaryKIRO7) August 11, 2018

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WWII pilot's remains return home after 7 decades

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 19:16

BEATRICE, Neb. — The remains of a World War II pilot were finally buried with full military honors in his home state of Nebraska after 73 years in foreign soil.

Flight Officer Richard Lane died in combat in 1944. His family believed his remains were buried in a cemetery in the southeast Nebraska town of Filley, and they visited his grave on Memorial Day for seven decades. But the remains buried under Lane's tombstone were recently discovered to be those of another man.

The Army had mistakenly sent the wrong remains to Nebraska. Lane had been buried in a military cemetery in Belgium in a grave marked "Unknown."

Lane's family didn't learn of the mistake until a family in Idaho discovered the two soldiers' remains were switched.

"To be a small part of getting a soldier or airman's remains back where they belong — it gives me chills," said Patrick Biddy, a veteran and historian of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment who helped return Lane's remains home to Nebraska.

The remains buried in Lane's grave are now being examined at a lab at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. Biddy is awaiting confirmation of the body's identity, but he believes the remains are of Pfc. Fred Ashley, a 2nd Cavalry reconnaissance scout from Idaho.

Lane and Ashley had no connection when they were alive. But after the war ended, their unidentified remains were brought to Nuremberg, Germany, for reburial on the same day. Their remains were buried side by side as unidentified veterans and were moved multiple times around Europe. Some were eventually mistakenly identified as Lane and sent to Nebraska.

"It was pretty easy to put together, once we got the documents," Biddy said. "Somebody must have grabbed the wrong cart. We'll probably never know (how it) happened."

The Lane family held another funeral Thursday in Beatrice, nearly 70 years after the first one. Lane's sister, his nephew and a large group of American Legion Riders welcomed his body to its final resting place.

"This is no crying time," said Lane's nephew, Wendell Lane. "This is a time for joy."

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New allegations of sexual abuse against former central Ohio mental health worker

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 19:08

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio - A mental health worker charged with sexually assaulting a young boy in Westerville has been indicted on five more counts, according to records filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Matthew Gatton was indicted this week on four counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of importuning.

The gross sexual imposition charges result from Gatton allegedly having sexual contact with at least three victims less than 13 years old between December 2015 and June 2018 according to the indictment.

The importuning charge stems from alleged sexual contact with a 12-year-old victim between June 2017 and June 2018.

Gatton was also charged earlier this year, accused of sexually abusing a child in his care. Police say the man confessed to fondling the boy dozens of times.

10TV then learned of gaps in the system allowing him to work with children even though he had been accused of inappropriate behavior.

Gatton was in the process of bonding out of the Franklin County Corrections Center on Jackson Pike on Friday after being arraigned earlier in the day.​

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Police: Woman stabbed 29 times in street in front of 1-year-old son

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 18:57

GRETNA, La. — Police in Louisiana say a mother was pushing her 1-year-old son in a stroller when her boyfriend stabbed her 29 times and left her to die in a street alongside her crying son.

Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson tells news outlets 35-year-old Traniel Gray died of stab wounds to the face, neck and body. The child wasn't physically injured and is in the custody of the state Department of Children and Family Services.

The killing occurred around 5 a.m. Thursday. Gray and 41-year-old Damone Ussin were seen walking with the stroller on surveillance cameras. Police suspect Ussin stabbed Gray and fled.

Ussin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He was also booked on an arrest warrant accusing him of battering Gray in July. It's unclear if Ussin has a lawyer.

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One month after state seizure, Summer Rays residency down 20

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:42

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio - It has been almost one month since the Ohio Attorney General's office seized control of some sober-living houses in Reynoldsburg.

They said the owner of Summer Rays, Chuck Kirk, was abusing his authority.

Now some residents are being asked to leave.

For 18 months, James Wagy has been living in a house owned by Summer Rays.

He loaded up and left on Thursday.

"I am packing up my belongings and being evicted from my home," he said.

He is told it is because he was rude and disrespectful towards Lighthouse employees.

"Which, can't be farthest from the truth," he said.

Wagy admits to putting a "questionable" post on Facebook about a Lighthouse employee to help "lighten the mood" of residents.

"Just being aggressive with our staff," Alisha Rinehart, the chief clinical officer with Lighthouse Behavioral Health Solutions, said. "Being belligerent with our staff, verbally assaulting our staff, yelling, cursing."

She said when they started their services for Summer Rays residents about a month ago there was push back.

"When someone comes in who is not what you're used to and they look to give you structure and hold you accountable for things like your recovery and for being sober, people don't like that," she said.

Lighthouse started with 95 residents. Now, there's 75.

Rinehart says each resident is asked to agree to a list of rules. She calls them a "higher standard." And, because some don't agree, they leave.

The rules consist of, among other things, to agree to attend at least three sober support meetings per week, obtain and maintain some level of outpatient treatment and a curfew for the first three months while at the residence.

Some of the 20 residents left on their own, but about 15 of them, Rinehart says, have been asked to leave.

Those who relapse are offered treatment. Some accept it and some do not.

A couple residents, like Wagy, have been asked to leave because of that aggressive, rude behavior.

"Sober living is not treatment," Wagy said. "[Lighthouse] is trying to run this like a treatment facility and hold everybody that has multiple years of recovery to treatment rules."

Rinehart said what was in place by Summer Rays' owner, Chuck Kirk, though successful for some was not healthy for long-term recovery.

"That's not typical of what sober living looks like or a program looks like," she said. "So, we are coming in with what it should be."

Lighthouse Behavioral Health Solutions said it is helping residents obtain Medicaid, insurance, jobs, and food assistance.

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Homeless advocates oppose county-wide encampment ban in Ohio

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:19

CINCINNATI — Criminalizing homelessness by banning encampments throughout a southwest Ohio county is not the answer, advocates for the homeless said Friday.

Civil rights lawyer Joe Mead described as "troubling" the scope of an Ohio judge's order that prohibits homeless people from establishing tent cities in all of Hamilton County. Mead, of the ACLU of Ohio, said he's never heard of a county prosecutor arguing that homeless people are a nuisance in all public spaces.

County Judge Robert Ruehlman has twice extended his initial ban on encampments in downtown Cincinnati near high-profile entertainment and sports venues. When homeless camps moved just outside the restricted area, Ruehlman amended the order, first covering more of Cincinnati, and then the entirety of Hamilton County. In his Thursday ruling, he said anyone who stands in the way could be arrested.

The county prosecutor's office said the amendment — the latest development in a weekslong sweep of Cincinnati's tent cities — is enforceable only as long as there is room in shelters for the homeless.

Area shelters have filled their permanent beds but continue to accept individuals who can sleep on spare mattresses, said Kevin Finn, president of Cincinnati-based Strategies to End Homelessness. No one has been turned away.

Mead said the lawsuit doesn't name the homeless people it affects most, denying them a chance to be heard in court.

County Commissioner Todd Portune also criticized County Prosecutor Joe Deters, who filed the lawsuit against the City of Cincinnati. Portune said Friday he is working with advocates for the homeless to find a new location for the encampment, and that Deters' actions don't align with the county's policy.

Josh Spring, director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, said homeless people have since relocated to private land in a quickly gentrifying community, where residents who have withstood those changes welcomed them and offered to bring food, water and blankets.

Cities across the country are zeroing in on homeless camps, said Megan Hustings, president of the National Coalition for the Homeless. On Friday, local officials ordered about 20 people to leave an encampment in northern Massachusetts, citing health and safety concerns. Hustings said many people don't like being confronted with visible poverty.

Nearly all of Hamilton County's homeless population already lives in shelters, Finn said. Others live on the streets because Hamilton County doesn't have shelters that accommodate pets or couples without children, and people who experience paranoia or anxiety from mental illnesses often can't stay among upward of 200 strangers.

Substance abuse is by far biggest reason people don't go into shelters, Finn said. The facilities enforce 9 p.m. curfews, and residents aren't allowed to use drugs or alcohol on site. Some can't make it to the morning without using.

Homeless advocates filed for two injunctions that would have stopped the city from clearing out the camps. A federal judge denied both motions. Spring said advocates continue to work with lawyers to build their legal strategy.

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Man says rabid beaver attacked him, 7-year-old daughter kayaking on river

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:35

Dan Wherley and his 7-year-old daughter Layla were kayaking in Adams County, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, when their trip took a dark turn. A large beaver attacked their kayak and put up quite a fight, according to the dad's Facebook post, and the animal later turned out to be rabid.

Wherley says he, Layla and their dog were on the creek by their house, when he felt something grab his kayak. Wherley says at first, he thought it was just his dog pulling the boat, but it wasn't. "It was a big ass crazy beaver," the father wrote in the Facebook post.

"It kept trying to bite and get into the kayak after me. I kept beating it with the paddle, this went one for a few minutes. It wouldn't give up," Wherley wrote. His photos show a beaver jumping out of the water, appearing to bite an oar. The beaver battle only escalated from there.

"Finally, it swam to the opposite side of creek and turned and saw Layla on her kayak who is now 30 yards in front of me. It takes off straight after her. I yell at her to get to the shore, I jump out of my kayak to help," the father described in his Facebook post. He says the beaver made it to Layla's kayak and started to climb onto the back. "(S)he was screaming bloody murder," he wrote.

The tenacious beaver wouldn't give up. Wherley says he punched the animal and it fell into the water, but then it started lunging back at him. "I was punching, kicking and trying to get away from it. I ran to the bank with Layla and it followed me still trying to attack us," he wrote.

Wherley says the attack continued on land. He says he started pummeling the beaver with rocks, but it did not stop. "After about 5 more big rocks to the head it swam away a little bit, then came right back. I grabbed a big stick and smacked it on the head 5 times as hard as I could, and the last hit crushed it's skull."

"It sounds like a damn horror movie the way she [was] screaming and the water splashing," Wherley wrote of the short video clip he took of the rabid beaver. "I'm just glad it didn't bite either of us. Our sissy bloodhound hid safely in the weeds far away during all of this."

The dad says he contacted the Pennsylvania Game Commission about the beaver attack and they urged him to go to the hospital to get a rabies shot. One of his photos on Facebook shows the beaver, upside and apparently unconscious, with blood on his buck teeth and his fur ragged after the fight.

He says the PA Game Commission, PA Health Department and PA Department of Agriculture said the beaver tested positive for rabies -- the first reported rabid beaver ever in Adams county, according to Wherley.

Rabies is a viral disease in mammals that infects the central nervous system and, if left untreated, attacks the brain and ultimately causes death and, though rare, leads to a horrible death if left untreated. The incidence of rabies has dramatically dropped in the United States over the past 100 years, but the threat still exists.

Wherley says he has received eight rabies shots so far and has three more to go this week to wrap up his treatment.

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Mirror Lake: Ohio State unveils the revamped campus landmark

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:23

You can once again walk around Mirror Lake at Ohio State University.

The campus lake and surrounding area have been undergoing reconstruction the last two years. Changes were made following the death of a student who jumped into the lake.

The university says the renovation focused on enhancing safety and sustainability. The lake had been the site of what was known as the Mirror Lake jump, a student tradition during Ohio State Michigan week going back to 1990.

In 2015, Austin Singletary tragically died when he jumped in and broke his neck. The university since banned the event and completely reconstructed the lake.

“We've softened up the lake, we've created a soft-bottomed lake with gradual slopes down into the lake. The primary thought was to create a safer environment,” said OSU Landscape Architect Steve Volkmann.

A bench in memory of Austin Singletary is on the Neil Avenue side overlooking the lake.

A new feature of the lake is it can be drained within an hour if need be.

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Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:21

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants.

A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water.

"I've never seen it this bad," said 31-year-old Heather Lamb of Venice. She's a hairdresser and makeup artist who styled herself as a dead mermaid and posted photos on social media to raise awareness of the problem. "I feel like it cleanses your soul to go to the beach. For me to not be able to go, it's painful. I think a lot of people take for granted when they live in Florida. Some people save their paychecks for a whole year to come here."

Red tide — a naturally occurring toxic algae bloom that can be harmful to people with respiratory problems— has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico, drifting in the water since it began in October. Stretching about 150 miles (240 kilometers), it's affecting communities from Naples in the south to Anna Maria Island in the north and appears to be moving northward.

The algae turns the water toxic for marine life, and in recent weeks beachgoers have been horrified to find turtles, large fish like goliath grouper and even manatees wash up dead. In late July, a 26-foot long (8-meter-long) whale shark washed ashore on Sanibel Island, which is known for its pristine beaches. In places like Longboat Key, more than 5 tons of dead fish have been removed from beaches. This week, nine dead dolphins were found in Sarasota County, and marine biologists are investigating whether the deaths are related to red tide.

The Florida Wildlife Research Institute says the number of dead and stranded sea turtles is nearly three times higher than average. More than 450 stranded and dead sea turtles have been recovered in four affected counties this year, and the institute estimates that 250 to 300 died from red tide poisoning.

In Bradenton Beach, the stench was impossible to ignore.

"I can't describe the smell. It's like unbelievable. It makes you throw up," said Holmes Beach resident Alex Kuizon, who has lived in the area for decades. He held a handkerchief over his mouth and nose while talking to a reporter. Just a few feet away, hundreds of dead fish clogged a boat ramp.

Red tide is a natural occurrence that happens due to the presence of nutrients in the water and an organism called a dinoflagellate.

"Off the west coast of Florida, we have persistent red tide events that occur with some frequency," said Steve Murawski, a marine science professor at the University of South Florida.

Another algae problem plagues Florida's waterways, Murawski said, and confused and frustrated people are conflating the two. Blue-green algae affect freshwater, and Murawski said it has a direct correlation to agricultural and urban runoff.

Heavy May rains caused Lake Okeechobee to discharge water containing blue-green algae into rivers and canals. The bright green sludge oozed onto docks, dams and rivers.

"Are they in fact related? That's kind of an open scientific question," Murawski said. "If you've got large nitrogen discharges, you could actually be fueling both the harmful algal bloom and the discharge of the blue-green algae. It's an area of very active concern."

Why this year's red tide is so intense is up for debate. Some researchers have noticed aggressive blooms after hurricanes; Irma swept past Florida's Gulf Coast in the summer of 2017 and a period of red tide affected Florida after the powerful 2004-2005 hurricanes.

Regardless, those who live, work and play in the area are disturbed.

"We get a lot of Europeans this time of year and even people from the Midwest are still coming down because school hasn't started yet. They come here and they're like, 'Oh my goodness, what's this smell? It's awful,'" said Anthony Cucci, the manager of the Mar Vista restaurant on Longboat Key. As he spoke, a worker cleared away dead fish littering the small beach near the patio.

For Charlotte County resident Magdalena Rossip, Saturday was her birthday, when she usually goes to the beach to celebrate. This year, she didn't.

It was too depressing — her family's pressure washing business has dried up because no one wants to use their boat or patio.

"It's catastrophic," the 35-year-old said.

Although this isn't peak tourist season for the Gulf Coast — that's in winter — red tide is affecting tourism.

"I'm pretty surprised, because I usually meet my family down here once a year and it's usually completely different. The water's usually much clearer than it has been today," said Brandon Mullis of Tampa, building a sandcastle with his daughter on Bradenton Beach.

The smell wasn't bad on that part of the beach, but he said he wasn't planning to stay long — and would choose his resort pool over swimming in the Gulf.

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